Benjamin WitteMarch 2, 2010 07:35Updated May 30, 2010 13:22
SANTIAGO, Chile — One of the most seismically active countries in the world, Chile has been through this before.
In 1960 an incomprehensibly powerful magnitude-9.5 quake — the largest ever recorded on the planet — leveled the southern city of Valdivia. The country was walloped again in 1985 by a temblor that killed nearly 200 people.
Still, as the country digs out from its latest disaster, Saturday’s 8.8-magnitude shocker, people here agree that for all their past experience, no one can really be prepared for a disaster of this scope.